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Gooding, Stephanie B
Before or after EV class, or by appointment
6:00 – 10:45 p.m. BST, Thursdays via Eagle Vision, with makeup date for Thanksgiving, 9:00 a.m. -- 1:45 p.m. November 26
2372-OCT-2016 10/17/16-12/18/16

  • John D. Ramage, John C. Bean, and June Johnson. (2014). The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing. (7th edition). Pearson/Longman. ISBN: 978-0321914224.
  • Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers. (2012). A Pocket Style Manual, APA Version. (6th edition). Bedford/St. Martin’s. ISBN: 978-0312568498 Spiral-bound; 978-1457639135 Digital.

  • This course focuses on the principles of using writing for thinking, as well as a tool for expressing ideas. It addresses the composing process, research and documentation, and rhetorical strategies for various audiences and purposes. Students develop their communicative, evaluative, critical thinking, and research writing abilities.
    Qualifying score on the ERAU English Placement Examination or course listed.

    This is a required course in every degree program. It is designed to help students learn to think critically, research ethically, and write clearly and effectively to achieve a variety of purposes.

    1. Respond orally and in writing to evaluate, analyze and critically assess the ideas and meanings of diverse texts.2. Compose reasoned responses to course readings, discussions, and visual prompts, by including a clear, engaging thesis statement and supporting that statement with wellorganized, detailed evidence.3. Make appropriate rhetorical decisions to achieve the purpose of a written work, based on an understanding of ethical issues and underlying assumptions and values in the argument.4. Deepen understanding of a topic by conducting research that leads to a documented paper with appropriate documentation.5. Revise their writings to improve clarity, content, tone, and style, addressing such issues as audience, structure, and voice.6. Edit writing so understanding is not impaired as a result of errors in grammar, mechanics, or sentence structure.7. Demonstrate their understanding of the interdependent relationship of reading, writing and thinking, and reflect on their thinking as part of a larger community of thinkers.

    These are the major assignments in the course and will be the basis for evaluation according to the grading scale shown in the table below.

    Undergraduate Grade Scale

    90 - 100% A
    80 - 89% B
    70 - 79% C
    60 - 69% D
    0 - 60% F

    Graduate Grade Scale

    90 - 100% A
    80 - 89% B
    70 - 79% C
    0 - 69% F
    ActivityPercent of Grade
    Short paper: Posing a Problematic Question02
    Two Descriptions articles and analysis15
    Summary and Response (letter to editor)15
    Informative and Surprising essay15
    Annotated Bibliography10
    Exploratory Research Log and Paper15
    Classical Argument Position paper20
    Final - Reflective Writing Assignment03
    Participation and Contribution05
    Total Weight100%

    This course requires you to write two papers that include research. Detailed instructions for each paper will be provided during the course. All papers submitted for grading in this course may be submitted to turnitin.com - http://www.turnitin.com.

    Assignments and Participation:


    Assignments (92%)


    Any assignment that is turned in late will be downgraded a letter grade. It will not be accepted after a week.


    Microtheme: Posing a Question


    This assignment is a short paper in which you pose a problematic question about a photograph and explore possible answers to the question without deciding which is the correct answer.


    Two Descriptions Paper


    This assignment requires you to describe the same place, but achieve two different responses to your descriptions. It emphasizes the use of sensory details and rhetorical strategies.

    Summary and Strong Response


    This assignment requires you to summarize a complex piece of writing and then write a personal response to it. It allows you to practice detecting the rhetorical strategies that the writer uses to attempt to persuade you to her point of view.


    The Informative and Surprising Essay


    This assignment requires you to write an essay that follows the surprising reversal pattern. You present the common point of view or expected answer to a question and then ‘reverse’ that point of view or answer by providing information that expands the reader’s understanding.


    Annotated Bibliography


    This assignment requires you to find seven sources on a subject of your choice, accurately document those sources in APA style, and include brief information about and a short evaluation of each source.


    Exploratory Research Log and Paper


    This assignment spans a two-week period. You choose a topic of interest to you and pose a problematic question about it. Then you do research to examine that topic from a variety of points of view. You keep careful notes about your sources in a research log, and you include thorough notes about how your thinking is being influenced by what you are learning. The paper is a chronological account of your research process, the ‘story’ of your learning. Classical Argument Position Paper


    This is the ‘capstone’ assignment for the course. It brings together everything you have learned. It requires you to write a persuasive argument, following the pattern of the classical orators of Greece and Rome.


    Your draft must be submitted to Turnitin, a plagiarism detection service integrated in Canvas, so the text of your paper will be checked against Turnitin's comprehensive databases of source material. Your final Classical Argument Position Paper and any of your other coursework may also be submitted to Turnitin or any other anti-plagiarism tool by your instructor.


    Final Exam (3%)


    The exam is actually a piece of reflective writing. You think back over the course activities and assignments and choose several to discuss in terms of how well or poorly they worked for you in helping you achieve the learning outcomes of the course. Reflecting on what one has learned is a time-honored way of helping to clarify and solidify learning. In addition, a reflective piece of writing will help you recognize your achievements in the course and see where you will still need to work to improve.

    Participation and Involvement (5%)


    As a MINIMUM, all students are expected to have read and thought about the information provided in the assigned readings and modules for each class! This is a professional responsibility to yourself and your classmates.


    Week #TopicLearning OutcomesActivities
    1 The Subject Matter Problem
    The writer’s rhetorical problem/purpose and audience
    Using resources

    1.1 – Introductions
    1.2 – The Bold Truth
    1.3 – Identifying Problems and Asking Questions
    1.4 – Risky Statements
    1.5 – Using Details
    2,3,5,6 Readings: Ch 1,2,3
    Homework Assignments:
    1.1 Introduction
    1.6 – Where to Find It Exercise
    1.7 – Microtheme: Posing a Question
    2 The Rhetorical Problem
    Writers as observers
    Showing vs telling

    2.1 – What Do You See?
    2.3 – Using All Our Senses
    2.4 – How the Brain Sees
    3,7 Readings: Ch 3,5
    Homework Assignments:
    2.2 – Making Rhetorical Choices
    2.5 – Two Descriptions Paper
    3 What You See Depends on Where You Stand

    3.1 – Wallowing in Complexity: A Social Exercise
    3.2 – Reading as a Believer
    3.3 – Reading as a Doubter
    1,2,3,7 Readings: Ch 3,5
    Homework Assignments:
    3.4 – Responding Critically
    3.5 – Summary and Strong Response
    4 Creating Tension

    4.1 – Revision
    4.2 – The Thesis with Tension
    4.3 – Generating a Topic
    4.4 – Points and Particulars (Thesaurus Quiz)

    2,3,5,6 Readings: 8, 17, Part 6
    Homework Assignments:

    4.5 – The Informative and Surprising Essay
    4.6 – Two Descriptions Paper, Revised

    5 The Secret Language of Scholars

    5.1 – References Exercise
    5.2 – In-Text Citation Exercise
    5.3 – Avoiding Plagiarism
    5.4 – An Overview of Evaluation
    4 Readings: See Module 5 for readings from A Pocket Style Manual
    Homework Assignments:
    A Pocket Style Manual
    5.5 – Annotated Bibliography
    5.6 – Summary and Strong Response, Revised
    6 Exploratory Research, Part 1

    6.1 – Choosing a Research Question
    6.2 – Your Starting Point
    6.3 – The Research Log
    6.4 – The Dialectic Process
    6.5 – Preview: Exploratory Research Log and Paper
    6.6 – Preview: Research Progress Report
    1,2,4,7 Readings: Ch 7,12
    Homework Assignments:
    6.7 – The Informative and Surprising Essay, Revised
    7 Exploratory Research, Part 2

    7.1 – Posting Your Research Progress Report
    7.2 – Learning About Sources
    7.3 – Complete Your Research
    7.4 – Research Assignment Questions
    1,2,4,7 Readings: Ch 7,20,21
    Homework Assignments:
    Complete Hunt Library Basic Training
    7.5 – Exploratory Research Log and Paper
    8 Classical Argument Structure
    Step by step construction of an argument

    8.1 – Formulating a Claim and Reasons
    8.5 – Putting it All Together
    8.7 – Preview: Classical Argument Position Paper outline
    1.2,3,4,5,6,7 Readings: Ch 13
    Homework Assignments:
    The Outline
    8.2 – Learning About Evidence
    8.3 – Examining the Power of Unstated Assumptions
    8.4 – Identifying an Objection and Constructing a
    8.6 – Ethos and Pathos
    9 Classical argument, revisited
    7 Homework:
    9.1 – Classical Argument Position Paper, Draft
    9.2 – Review Instructor Feedback of Draft
    9.3 – Classical Argument Position Paper
    9.4 – Reflective Writing Assignment (Final Exam)
    Writing Style

    Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.


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    1. Plagiarism:  Presenting as one’s own the ideas, words, or products of another.  Plagiarism includes use of any source to complete academic assignments without proper acknowledgement of the source.  All papers submitted for grading in this course will be submitted to turnitin.com - http://www.turnitin.com/ where the text of the paper is compared against information contained in the safeassign.com database.  Papers submitted will be included in the safeassign.com database and become source documents for the purpose of detecting plagiarism.
    2. Cheating:  A broad term that includes the following:
      1. Giving or receiving help from unauthorized persons or materials during examinations.
      2. The unauthorized communication of examination questions prior to, during, or following administration of the examination.
      3. Collaboration on examinations or assignments expected to be individual work.
      4. Fraud and deceit, that include knowingly furnishing false or misleading information or failing to furnish appropriate information when requested, such as when applying for admission to the University.
    3. APA 6th edition format is the ERAU Worldwide standard for all research projects.

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    My policy is to grade all assignments within one week of their submission. If, for any reason, I cannot do that, you will receive an email or a course announcement stating when the assignment will be graded. Rubrics will be provided for all assignments, and I adhere closely to those in determining your grade. Rubrics not only guide your process of completing the assignment, but create transparency in the determination of your grade. Every graded assignment will contain the score according to the rubric, and will contain more detailed comments by me regarding that score.
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